Each year, since 2001, Leadership Geauga County has recognized community leaders who have significantly enhanced the quality of life in Geauga County. Those that have contributed to providing the Geauga quality of life that we hold so dear deserve to be awarded.
The Emerald Leader Award, Geauga County’s “Person of the Year”, is presented annually to an individual, a business and/or a non-profit agency that exemplifies outstanding leadership by positive contributions through volunteerism, philanthropy, or innovation that impact the quality of life in Geauga County.
Just some of Individuals who have been honored as Geauga County Emerald Leaders have included:
Jeff Keener, Bill Prior, Gordon Safran, Dick Moss, Kimm Leininger, Tom Benda, Paul Newman, Howard Bates, Deborah O’Connor, Chuck Fowler, Kathy Leavenworth, Ed Babcock, Richard Frenchie and Sheriff Dan McClelland. Organizations include the Burton Middlefield Rotary Club and Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village.
Leadership Geauga County is proud to announce, on its 20th anniversary, that D. Kevin O’Reilly will be honored as the 2016 Emerald Leader.
Born May 5, 1942, in Cleveland, Kevin met his wife Nancy in 1965 on a bus trip to the New York City World’s Fair. They were married on October 15, 1966.
After Kevin’s graduation from Cleveland Marshall Law School, the O’Reilly’s moved to Hambden Township. Kevin established his law practice above Rickard’s Bakery on Chardon Square. It was there until he moved to a renovated house on Court Street. Kevin worked as an Assistant Prosecutor under Gene Henry from 1970-1971.
Kevin has been a servant leader in Geauga County for 47 years. He has always been giving of his time and talents and has never expected anything in return. From his early days as Assistant County Prosecutor or his tenure as Hambden County Trustee, he has always had the best interests of the people of Geauga County at heart. Mr. O’Reilly’s service to the community began early on when he served on the board of Birthright in Chardon.
Throughout the years, he was a Hambden Township Trustee (1978-1982) and served on the boards of the Great Geauga County Fair, Geauga County Historical Society, Geauga Farm Bureau, Leadership Geauga, OSU Extension Advisory, and Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Development.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish Council, Geauga County Maple Leaf Square Dance Team, the Burton Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Helen’s Life Teen Ministry program. Kevin has always volunteered for the tough jobs and preferred to be the worker bee, never seeking the spotlight.
Those of you who have been around Geauga County for a while might remember how Kevin would walk his cows with a rope to Jack Arnold’s farm for their honeymoons, or the time he drove his tractor to Chardon and tried to barter a pig for artwork at Struna’s Art Gallery. The one word to describe Kevin would be integrity. He is honest and sincere and always serves others with a humble heart.
What began as Kevin and Nancy O’Reilly in 1968 has now grown into 24 children and grandchildren residing in Geauga county and 5 more in Fayette county. And this is the family that has sent three generations to participate in the Leadership Geauga County programs.
Leadership Geauga County is honored to announce that Kevin O’Reilly has been named the 2016 Emerald Leader Award Winner.
At the Leadership Geauga Emerald Ball on March 5, 2016, Kevin will be formally recognized as the 2016 Emerald Leader!
To join in honoring Kevin, you can attend Leadership Geauga’s annual Emerald Ball at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center. Reservations can be made by calling the Leadership Geauga Office (440) 286-8115 or visiting the Leadership Geauga website.
For further information or to receive an invitation, contact Leadership Geauga County at (440) 286-8115 or by email at ExecutiveDirector@leadershipgeauga.org.